The present invention generally relates to binary or higher order semiconductor nanoparticles doped with a metallic element, and thermoelectric compositions incorporating such nanoparticles. In one aspect, the present invention provides a thermoelectric composition comprising a plurality of nanoparticles each of which includes an alloy matrix formed of a Group IV element and Group VI element and a metallic dopant distributed within the matrix.
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The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract Nos. 5000486 and NAS3-03108 awarded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), grant No. NIRT 0304506 awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and grant No. DE-FG02-00ER45805 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE).